The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections
Exhibit - Artifacts | September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery
For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the worlds finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. The Litwack collection is particularly noteworthy for its Harlem Renaissance first editions in strikingly illustrated dust jackets. The exhibition includes books with distinguished provenance such as a copy of Frederick Douglasss Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave with an inscription by the famous abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Complementing the Litwack books are treasures from Bancrofts significant African American holdings, including the first book by an African American, Phyllis Wheatleys Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, published in 1773.